My Top Three Female YA Protagonists


I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now, and in my time reviewing books, I have noticed the different ways in which female protagonists are presented. It can be so inspiring to read about a good female lead in a book, especially if they can defy all odds and push back against any adversity. I’ve chosen 3 women/teens girls of the many characters that are out there that have appeared in YA literature and I believe to be good examples of strong women. So, without further ado…

1)Viola Eade, Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness

the knife of never letting go

When we are first introduced to Viola, she doesn’t speak to Todd as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her parents. As time goes on, she proves to be smart, quick-thinking, and have a good sense of right and wrong. She sees many terrible things in her adventures with Todd, but manages to overcome the obstacles she faces by fighting for what she believes in.

Read the full reviews here:

The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Ask and the Answer

Monsters of Men

2) Starr Carter, The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

the hate you give

Growing up, Starr has seen more than her fair share of violence, but she learns to find her voice and speak out about the racism she, her friends and family have experienced. I would recommend this book as it gives a teenager’s perspective of racism in America and it hopefully brings to light the very real problems experienced by many.

Read the full review here:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

 

3) Tris Prior, Divergent Trilogy, Veronica Roth

Divergent

From the very beginning of the book, we learn about Tris’ rebellious and selfless nature, and how she is willing to give up everything to pursue her dreams. Not only is she willing to risk her life for other people, but she quickly adapts to her new surroundings in the ‘Dauntless’ faction.

Read the full reviews here:

Divergent

Insurgent

Allegiant

Are there any other female protagonists you can think of that should be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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